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Cherry Lemonade Cupcakes

Cherry Lemonade Cupcakes

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  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Perfect as an individual treat or to please a large crowd, these Cherry Lemonade Cupcakes infuse fresh cherry flavor into both the cupcake and frosting.


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Cherry Lemonade Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Apple Sauce
  • 2 Large Organic Eggs
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup Maraschino Cherries (paid link)
  • 2 tbsp Cherry Juice
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk

Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 3 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Maraschino Cherries (paid link)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, blend softened cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  3. Place cherries into a food processor (paid link) and chop into small pieces. Blend cherries and remaining frosting ingredients into a bowl. Cover frosting and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  4. In a separate large bowl, mix dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg.
  5. In a second large bowl, blend sugar and butter. 
  6. Using a lemon zester (paid link), zest the skin of the lemon then cut the limit in half to squeeze 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice into the bowl.
  7. Add chop cherries in a food processor (paid link). Add cherries and remaining wet ingredients, except the eggs, into the same bowl. Hand blend ingredients for 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Add eggs to wet ingredients one at a time. Blend for 1 minute.
  9. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Lightly fold until blended. Do not over mix.
  10. Place cupcake paper into large muffin pan and fill 3/4 to the top with cupcake batter.
  11. Bake cupcakes for 25 minutes then remove from heat. Allow to cool for an additional 30 minutes.
  12. Using a cupcake decorating kit (paid link), add cream cheese frosting to the top of each cupcake.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 783
  • Sugar: 86.6g
  • Sodium: 405mg
  • Fat: 25.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 103g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Protein: 8.6g
  • Cholesterol: 124mg